Real Madrid general manager Jose Angel Sanchez has revealed that the club will sell striker Gonzalo Higuain in the summer transfer window.
The 25-year-old Argentine international striker has scored 14 goals this season, but has been anything but a regular this term whilst vying for first team opportunities alongside Karim Benzema.
And, it appears Los Blancos will be maintaining the services of the French hitman rather than Higuain, despite Sanchez admitting the La Liga champions need two number nines ‘at a high level’.
"In a great club like real, we believe we need two number nines of a high level," Sanchez is quoted as saying in French newspaper L'Equipe.
"We have Benzema and Higuain, Higuain will leave, Benzema will stay and two others will come."
Sky Sports reports that Higuain’s exit could pave the way for a big-money arrival at the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer, with Spurs winger Gareth Bale and Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero ‘at the top’ of their shopping list.
As for Higuain, his future could lie in the Premier League, with both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur linked with a move for the player back in April.
Arsene Wenger is light of attacking options at the Emirates Stadium, with Olivier Giroud the only central figure available to the Gunners at the end of the current campaign.
Spurs are also short of numbers up-front, with Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor the two senior options available to Andre Villas-Boas.
Higuain would strengthen both sides in north London, and with Madrid’s revelation that the former River Plate star is set to leave the Spanish capital, a summer transfer battle could ensue.